This week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held what was supposed to be a hearing on the oversight of the Iran nuclear deal but ended up being a forum for opponents of the deal to try to raise controversies over issues outside of the nuclear agreement. This was not unnoticed by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA):
“This is a fascinating hearing because it is supposed to be on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, and some of the most strident and loud critics of entering into that deal at all are now focused on airlines, and revolutionary guards business activities and sanctions and closing up banks, rather than the actual elements of the nuclear agreement, which they were the first to say would never work.”
In five minutes of questioning for Stephen Mull, the lead coordinator for the implementation of the agreement, Connolly confirmed that the deal is indeed working, Iran has complied on every point of the agreement, and that they are further away from acquiring a nuclear weapon today than before the agreement. “I happen to draw the opposite conclusion of the Prime Minister of Israel,” Connolly said. “The existential threat to Israel would have been denying this agreement.”
Connolly’s full questioning is above and worth the short watch. The full hearing can be watched here.